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Oktoberfest draws good crowd to downtown Negaunee

Lewis Bushong, 5, holds a pumpkin while dressed in costume at the Oktoberfest pumpkin painting station on Saturday in Negaunee. The event offered a host of activities for children, including a children’s costume parade, a bounce house, pumpkin painting, games, free gift bags and more. (Journal photo by Cecilia Brown)
Attendees of the fourth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday along Iron Street in Negaunee are pictured. The event, hosted by the Downtown Negaunee Association, featured a hot-dog eating contest, a wiener dog parade, a stein-holding contest, a pumpkin and apple pie contest, and many children’s activities, organizers said. Despite the chilly weather, the event had “a really great turnout,” event organizer Mary Hanna Ockerman said. (Journal photo by Cecilia Brown)
From left, Oktoberfest wiener dog parade participants Teacup and Ellie are pictured. While Ellie isn’t a wiener dog herself, she kept her sister, Teacup, company during the parade. The Oktoberfest wiener dog parade saw a host of four-legged participants dressed in their very best, showing off sweaters, hot dog, pretzel and even lederhosen costumes, as well as sequins, tulle and plaid. Each participant received a treat, round of applause and a goodie bag before they began the walk down Iron Street in Negaunee. Ockerman was impressed with the turnout for the wiener dog parade, she said. (Journal photo by Cecilia Brown)
Miniature pumpkins are pictured as they await decoration at the Oktoberfest pumpkin painting station on Saturday in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Cecilia Brown)